Mary Louise Curtis

Location 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone Number 215-320-2601
The exterior of Settlement's Mary Louise Curtis Branch
Location 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone Number 215-320-2601
Welcome to the Mary Louise Curtis Branch

Our Mary Louise Curtis (MLC) branch is the oldest and largest branch of Settlement Music School. Before the School expanded beyond its Settlement House roots to multiple branches in the ‘40s and ‘50s, MLC was the first and only branch of Settlement Music School. More than 50% of MLC’s current student body is of Asian descent, which is representative of several of the neighboring communities in South Philadelphia.  

Each year, MLC hosts 65+ student performances, 150+ meetings and workshops, 120+ community partner events and 15 artist master classes. It is also the primary site for the Rhythm n’ Brews Community Drum Circle and Social Hour and it is home to our award-winning Kaleidoscope Preschool Arts Enrichment Program.

Meet the
Branch Staff

At the heart of our programming is our highly credentialed and dedicated staff and faculty. They bring years of professional experience to Settlement and strive to provide each student with exceptional training and support.

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Mary Louise Curtis Branch Director Kris Rudzinski
Kris Rudzinski

Branch Director Percussion Music

Willow Grove Branch Coordinator Brigid O'Brien
Brigid O’Brien

Branch Manager

Jayne Surrena

Branch Coordinator

Anganetta Singleton

Senior Receptionist

Jo Brunelli


Faye Armstrong


Dave Brotnitsky


Larry Stanback


“Settlement Music School is a place of growth. A place where strangers become friends. A place to learn and have new experiences. A great place for community building and making real connections. I like to think of the doors to our branch as the great equalizer. When students enter the building, the roadblocks which society put in their way, such as financial circumstances, are removed, and no matter what neighborhood they travel from to get here, they all have an equal opportunity to learn and grow, not just as musicians, but as people.” Kris Rudzinski, Branch Director

Mary Louise Curtis

Spring Ballet Recital
Sunday, June 05, 2022 3:00 pm Mary Louise Curtis Branch 416 Queen Street
Philadelphia , PA 19147